Babumoshai Bandookbaaz (बाबुमोशाय बंदूकबाज)

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Babumoshai Bandookbaaz (बाबुमोशाय बंदूकबाज)
Babumoshai Bandookbaaz  (बाबुमोशाय बंदूकबाज)

BABUMOSHAI BANDOOKBAAZ is an overindulgent mess, yet provides passable entertainment!

Filled with cuss words, sexual depictions and connotations, and propelled by a suspenseful crime plot, BABUMOSHAI BANDOOKBAAZ tries too hard to be yet another ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’. However, this earthy suspense thriller lacks a coherent script which can drive it towards being meaningful and memorable. Even its star Nawazuddin Siddiqui is presented in a character that is a repeat of what we’ve seen him do in most of his previous films. That said, the film doesn’t bore you, and qualifies as a decent pastime if you have the appetite for some really crude expletives and adult content!

The story is of Babu (Nawazuddin Siddique), who finds his reputation of being the number one contract killer at risk when Banke (Jatin Goswami) comes into play. Both of them receive the contracts to kill the same three people, which is when the two decide to play a game; whoever kills more, is the undisputed number one. However, unbeknownst to them, another game is being played and Babu needs to ensure that he is neither the target nor a pawn.

BABUMOSHAI BANDOKBAAZ is basically aimed at those mass gallery-audiences across India, who will whistle at Siddiqui’s swagger and shout out loud at each of his dialogue, notwithstanding the crassness it carries. But if you scrub beneath the surface, you’ll realize that the film has very little to offer as content. The screenplay cruises along with a wafer-thin plotline, and never really delves deep into the psyche of the characters. Another problem I see is the glorification of crime and other vices that the film contributes towards. Presenting “all things bad” as the cool thing to do, is something that leaves an indelible mark on the mass viewing audience. If it was shown as a slice of life drama, it was justified, but it’s the heroic representation of such deeds that seems morally wrong.

The dark humour in the film works, but I’m not sure if it will be accepted by the family audiences. If the script was fine, I would never shy away from recommending this film, regardless of the crudeness it contains. But when the basic writing is flawed, why recommend something immoral at all? That said, the fast paced eventful screenplay keeps you interested throughout, and ends up being a guilty pleasure.

Performances are good. Nawazuddin is definitely at ease and does what he does best, with panache. But I’m afraid he’s being stereotyped in similar roles, and we all need to see something fresh from him. Jatin Goswami has a meaty role, and he does a good job out of it. Bidita Bag is also boldly presented and she carries the role with the stability it needed. Shraddha Das and Divya Dutta, playing pivotal roles are also swell. All others are adequate.

In all, as I mentioned somewhere before, BABUMOSHAI BANDOOKBAAZ is at best a guilty pleasure which needs to be seen only by those adults who have the appetite for dark crude humour and expletives in abundance. Watchable!

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